Authority and Purpose

Matthew 28:18 – 20 – “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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It’s the morning after the resurrection and the disciples were in Galilee.The celebration of His resurrection was only the beginning. Now, our mission begins.  It seems like such a simple statement, “Go therefore and make disciples.” But think about how loaded that commissioning was for the disciples. Rooted in His authority, purposed to make disciples of all nations and continue teaching all that he had commanded them until the end of the age.  This was not simply a commandment, but an empowerment from the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit for the work they were now called to do.  Those were some strong marching orders.
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Even in quarantined community today, we bear witness to the world of Jesus Christ.  We are still charged with the same purposeful living to make disciples for the Church of the Lord Jesus.  It seems like an impossible task to reach the whole world, but Christ said that He is with us always, to the end of the age.  This should encourage us most of all as it becomes difficult, lonely, or seemingly impossible to teach the gospel to the world in our present culture.
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I like what John Piper said, “Let’s go do this. Let’s trust his accompaniment.  Let’s bank on his authority.  And let’s go make disciples of all the nations, and teach them everything Jesus demanded from the world.”
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Where are your “marching” orders taking you?

Lauren Dillard